On your mark, get set, go Team Canada!

35 of Canada's top talent in trades and technology invited to take on the world at the WorldSkills London 2011 Competition

GATINEAU, QC, May 31 /CNW Telbec/ - After the completion of two days of intense competition, many students proudly took the podium at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Skills Competition held in Waterloo, on May 23 to receive official recognition for their outstanding performance. Of those that excelled, 35 talented youth in trades and technology were invited to join Team Canada to represent our country at the WorldSkills Competition in London, United Kingdom October 5-8, 2011. Made up of 31 male and 4 female competitors ranging in age from 15 to 21,

"With ongoing support from the Government of Canada, industry leaders and educators, these talented young people represent a bright future for Canada's skilled trade and technology workforce, and we couldn't be more proud," said Shaun Thorson, Executive Director, Skills/Compétences Canada, the national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and as Canada's member organization of World Skills International manages Canada's participation.

Canada hosted the most recent WorldSkills Competition in September of 2009. Team Canada's outstanding performance at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 resulted in a record 8 medals and top 5 medal point ranking out of 51 countries/regions.

WorldSkills London 2011 represents Canada's eleventh participation in a WorldSkills International event, an international Competition which takes place every two years and brings together the world's brightest in skilled trades and technology. Next year's Competition will bring together more than 900 competitors from 52 WorldSkills International Member countries/regions who will participate in team and individual competitions. Team Canada 2011 will be the largest delegation Canada has ever sent to a WorldSkills Competition outside of Canada, competing in 32 of the 45 skills categories.

    
                           TEAM CANADA GUEST LIST
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    Skill name and number/                      First       Last name/
     Métier et numéro de     City/              name/       Nom de
     concours                Ville       Prov.  Prénom      famille       Age
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    Mechatronics/
     Mécatronique            Repentigny  QC     Thiery      Lecours       21
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    Mechatronics/
     Mécatronique            Brossard    QC     Gabriel     Thérien       21
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    Mechanical Engineering
     Design - CAD/Définition
     de produit industriel   Chilliwack  BC     Michael     Cristensen    18
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    CNC Turning/CNC
     Tournage                St. Thomas  ON     Tyler       Hackney       19
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    CNC Milling/CNC
     Fraisage                Innisfail   AB     Luke        Moore         20
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    IT Software Applications
     /Technologie
     d'information
     applications de         Prince
     logiciels               Albert      SK     Steven      Heidel        19
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    Welding/Soudage          Magog       QC     Mikael      Hudon         21
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    Autobody Repair/
     Tôlerie -
     Carrosserie             Stettler    AB     Nigel       Renschler     19
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    Sheet Metal Technology/
     Tôlerie                 Mirabel     QC     Marc-André  Lambert       21
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    Plumbing and Heating/
     Plomberie et
     chauffage               Laval       QC     Maxime      Piché         19
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    Electronics/
     Électronique            Kamloops    BC     Daniel      Hall          19
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                                                            Blais
    Web Design /Web design   Québec      QC     Rafaël      Masson        20
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    Electrical
     Installations/
     Installations
     électriques             Calgary     AB     Timothy     Twa           21
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    Industrial Control/
     Contrôle industriel     Bonnyville  AB     Trevor      Suteau        20
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                             Trois-
    Bricklaying/Maçonnerie   Rivières    QC     Nicolas     Richard       19
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    Cabinetmaking/           Jordan
     Ébénisterie             Station     ON     Jonathan    Sinke         20
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    Cabinetmaking/           Saint-
     Ébénisterie             Justine     QC     Alex        Vocal         19
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    Carpentry/ Charpente     St-Célestin QC     Dany        Montembeault  18
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    Ladies-Mens
     Hairdressing/Coiffure
     dames-hommes            Regina      SK     Kaylyn      Mack          20
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    Beauty Therapy/Soins
     de beauté               Riverview   NB     Jenica      Bubar         20
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    Fashion Technology/
     Mode et création        Châteauguay QC     Katy        Delisle       20
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    Confectioner-Pastry
     Cook/Pâtissier -
     Confiseur               La Prairie  QC     Marie-Ève   Lazure        20
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    Automobile Technology/
     Technologie automobile  Mascouche   QC     Claude      Côté          20
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    Cooking/Cuisinier        Québec      QC     Antoine     Corriveau     19
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    Restaurant Service/
     Service de
     restauration            St. Romuald QC     Hubert      Gravel        20
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    Landscape Gardening/
     Jardinier paysagiste    Québec      QC     Dominic     Fortin        19
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    Landscape Gardening/     St-
     Jardinier paysagiste    Augunstin   QC     Simon       Laflamme      21
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    Refrigeration/
     Réfrigération           Leduc       AB     Sean        Donnan        20
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    IT PC - Network Support/
     Gestion de réseaux
     informatiques           Québec      QC     Guillaume   Parent        20
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    Graphic Design/          Conception
     Infographie             Bay South   NL     Andrew      Power         19
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    Aircraft Maintenance/
     Entretien d'aéronefs    Cambridge   ON     Ryan        Gomes         21
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    Mobile Robotics/
     Robotique mobile        TBD         ON     TBD
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    Mobile Robotics/
     Robotique mobile        TBD         ON     TBD
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    Car Painting/Peinture
     automobile              Wileville   NS     Aaron       Hebb          19
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    Offset Printing/
     Imprimerie offset       Guelph      ON     Tom         Middlebro     19
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About Skills/Compétences Canada

Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills/Compétences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International. For more information visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.

About WorldSkills International

WorldSkills International's (WSI) mission is to promote, through the cooperative action of 52 Member countries/regions, a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and personal fulfillment. WSI provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades, information technologies and service sectors of the global economy. WSI works at all levels from grassroots to senior policy makers to affect change in training procedures, policy development and international standards. Through advocacy, education and Competitions, WorldSkills International is raising the level of competences throughout the world and bringing new awareness to these crucial sectors in the global economy. Without skills there is no economy."

SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Christianne Scholfield, Director, Communications for Skills/Compétences Canada, (819) 771-7545 or (613) 282-3774, christiannes@skillscanada.com; Cynthia Faubert, Communications/Marketing Officer, (819) 771-7545, cynthiaf@skillscanada.com


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